RUSS & MELODY
Medical Evangelism, Children and Youth Ministry in Togo, West Africa.
FRUITS OF OUR LABOR
We are in our third term of service. The medical ministry is very busy and very fruitful, with over 2500 decisions for Christ yearly. (Through the hospital, clinic, and outreach ministries). The number of Muslim patients continues to rise (as Islam is growing in Togo), with close to 40% of our patients now Muslim. Some have responded to the Gospel, especially after prolonged stays where the love of Christ is shown repeatedly to the patients and their families.
In addition to his work as a pediatrician, Russ serves as medical chief of staff and does administration, which results in very long hours. This past year he had the opportunity to work with children and teens with cancer, providing prolonged contact and care with their chemotherapy. A good number of these patients and their families came to know the Lord.
Melody currently has a Bible study for older boys and young men taught by a couple of fine Togolese men. She has increased her involvement with the patients and families in the hospital by visiting, teaching and discipling those who have made decisions, and teaching literacy. She also works with the families in the "cuisine", (the place where families can stay for free during a hospitalization); many of them go to church with us each Sunday as well.
We have seen the blessings of personal relationships with many Togolese here and are so thankful to be in Africa.